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Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety: Nelson County, VA

CE Hours:   18 + open to the public
When:   Sep 25 @ 9:30 am - Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

Sep 25 @ 9:30 am - Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm

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“This workshop is extraordinary in all ways.  There is enormous depth to this material.  The instructors are informed, thoughtful and create a profound space for students.”  LMT in Florida

This course was awakening for me from start to finish.  I enjoyed not only learning about the effects of depression and anxiety has on the body but how to help clients heal through breathing, meditation, movement and bodywork.   The protocol will be valuable in my practice.”  N. Green, Douglasville, GA

Date:  Wed-Fri, September 25-27, 2024 • 9:30am-5pm
Location:  Sanctuary Retreat Center, 2610 Adial Rd. Faber (Nelson County), VA
NCBTMB CE:  18 hours
Cost: All-inclusive early registration price $750* before 8/11 (includes accommodations, meals and 18 hour training)
Hold your spot with a $100 deposit.
Instructors:  Tracey J. Moon LMBT & Sharon Nash, MA

This three-day Bodywork for Depression and Anxiety residential training and retreat is being held at Sanctuary Retreat Center situated in the foothills of the Shenandoah mountains in Nelson County, VA.  Sanctuary Retreat Center is a place created to return to wholeness, presence and peace.

  • On-site Wellbeing services available (massage and bodywork, energy work, mental/emotional balancing)
  • Woodland trails, comfortable accommodations and plenty of places for solitude
  • Delicious, healthy meals with most dietary restrictions accommodated
  • Optional group morning meditation sessions
  • Come in a night early starting at $95* including meals
  • For more about Sanctuary Retreat Center, click here

Course description:

Depression and anxiety has become an epidemic in our society with more people than ever seeking relief through both conventional and alternative methods. Trauma, loss, and the everyday challenges of daily life can create constriction and loss of connection in the physical and emotional body. From these big and small traumas, our body begins to form in a way that sets in fatigue, exhaustion, distress, difficulty focusing, irritability and physical pain.

The physical toll of depression and anxiety reveals itself in the body through tension, pain, misalignment and discomfort. In this course you will learn specific hands-on massage techniques that unwind targeted areas of the body that have been contracted, bringing more flow and movement. We will look at the science behind depression and anxiety, what is happening in the brain as well as the importance of understanding conventional treatments. We will explore emotional anatomy, including how the body is shaped by our thoughts, feelings and beliefs, and discuss how mindfulness practices can help free us from negative thought patterns. We will incorporate movement and grounding body-centered practices can help support a distressed emotional body system.

You will learn simple body-centered practices to help people feel more alive, connected and embodied through breath, bioenergetics, massage and compassionate presence. Through these embodied practices you will discover the body’s innate ability to recalibrate, reset and restore to its natural flow, beyond depression and anxiety.

This hands-on and highly experiential class is intended for the bodywork practitioner to support clients in the healing of depression and anxiety however, this training is open to everyone interested in empowering massage, bodywork and mindfulness tools to help feel more connected and vital in everyday life.

“I didn’t expect how great and effective this course would be.  I wish I had gained this knowledge years ago.  So many people will be positively affected from these new skills that I’ll be incorporating in my work.”  T. Carter, LPN, LMT


What is the price for the 3-day training and retreat including accommodations and meals?

Pricing* is listed below and includes three meals daily beginning with lunch on Wednesday and ending with lunch on Friday.  Single and double accommodations are available.  All rooms have full bathrooms sharing with one other room.  Note that our residential retreats usually fill early so please hold your spot with a deposit.

Couple (one queen bed), per person $750
Double room, per person (two twins) $775
Single, small room (twin bed), $885
Single, large room (two twin beds) $925

*early registration price before 8/11

What meals are included?

For those staying two nights, meals begin with lunch on Wednesday and end with lunch on Friday.  For those staying three nights, meals begin with dinner on Tuesday and end with lunch on Friday.  Meals are health and delicious!  If you have any serious food restrictions, allergies or dietary needs, please let us know in advance.

Can I commute if I don’t want to stay on-site for the training?

We highly recommend taking advantage of this retreat location and staying onsite even if you live locally.  You must live within 30 miles of the retreat center in order to commute (only 5 commuter spaces available).  The commuter cost for the certification training, lunch each day plus a facility fee is $625.  If you live outside of 30 miles of the retreat center, on-site accommodation rates apply (see above).

Will there be time in the schedule for rest, hiking or wellness services?

The training runs from 9:30am-5:00pm each day.  Early mornings and evenings will be available for personal time.  For those of you who would like to extend your retreat experience, you may wish to arrive a day early.  We will send a scheduling link prior to the training for the ion-site Wellbeing services.  For a complete list of services, click here.

Can I arrive a day early or stay after to extend the retreat?

Yes. You have the option to add an additional night on Tuesday and/or Friday to this training during the registration process.  We highly recommended you arrive on Tuesday night if you live more than 30 minutes from Faber, VA since class begins promptly at 9:30am on Wednesday.  The Tuesday extra night price includes dinner and breakfast on Wednesday (before the training begins).  The Friday extra night price does not include dinner however accommodations can be made if you are staying on-site that evening.  Breakfast is included on Saturday.

The cost for adding additional nights are:

Couple (one queen bed), per person $95
Double room, per person (two twins), $100
Single, small room (twin bed), $150
Single, large room (two twin beds), $170

I’m a massage therapist – can I receive continuing education hours for this training and retreat?

approved-providerYes. Bodywork for Depression & Anxiety is NCBMTB Approved and massage therapists will receive 18 CE hours.  You will receive a certificate of completion electronically to submit to your state licensing board or for recertification with the NCBTMB.  For those states that utilize the CE broker system, we will submit your CE hours on your behalf immediately after the training.

What should I bring?

We need one massage table for every two people attending. You will receive a welcome email after registering with a list of what to bring. This email arrives within 24-48 hours of your registration.  If you didn’t receive it, please check your spam box and add the email to your contacts.

How do I get there?

The Sanctuary Retreat Center is located 30 miles outside of Charlottesville, VA and 3 hours southwest of Washington, DC.  Address is: 2610 Adial Rd, Faber, VA

I still have more questions, how do I get in touch with you?

Please write to one of the facilitators:  Tracey at or Sharon at You can also call 919-907-0579.

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Sep 25 @ 9:30 am
Sep 27 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:
18 + open to the public


Sanctuary Retreat Center
2610 Adial Rd.
Faber, VA 22938
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